i was disappointed as i read this book. i wanted more meat, more serious exploration of the issues touched on. everything felt just that: touched on but not delved into. i didn't care about any of the characters except early; he was the most complex and compelling. as i recall, there was only one moment when something reached me: desiree telling stella about white people smearing their guilt onto blacks. if i liked the book more, i'd go back and look for that passage.